NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Duane Arnold

Grading: Letter

Monday, January 17, 2022 - Sunday, February 27, 2022

Course completion February 27, 2022

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $80

Course Description:

This course will cover Science Fiction written specifically for young adults. All of the books have received multiple awards and are classics in the genre. Throughout the course, participants will obtain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Science Fiction. This course will go past spaceships and lasers and explore how authors use Science Fiction to examine the human condition and illuminate the struggles that humanity continues to engage in. Teachers will read new books and explore how they can be used in the classroom.


Throughout the course participants will:

  • Read and critique books to gain a greater knowledge of literature, draw from personal experience, critique and compare novels in terms of quality and content.
  • Complete online assessments.
  • Engage in discussions regarding the books.
  • Complete three Science Fiction & Fantasy Books for Young Adults.

"Loved the freedom to read and work at my own pace."

"The text selection was excellent! It offered teachers a wide range of styles and themes. All three represent the best in this genre."

"The discussions on the novels were good in seeing other perspectives and connections with the same material."

"Excellent books - awesome for language arts teachers!"

"The course outline was well-written and clear."

"The assignments (discussion posts) were engaging and thought-provoking which was great!"

"I enjoy being able to read and then discuss topics closely related to the novel just read."

"Google Classroom is very user-friendly, which made accessing assignments and content very simple."


You will be able to locate the following texts at school and public libraries, local bookstores, and online.

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (978-0763660659)
  • House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (978-0689852237)
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman (978-1442472433)

About The Instructor

Duane ArnoldDuane Arnold

Duane earned his BA in Elementary Education from Trinity Bible College and his MA from VCSU in Education and Library Sciences. He has worked for 4 years as a Learning Resource Strategist in Moorhead Area Public Schools at Robert Asp Elementary and has spent over 8 years in Education in Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo. He serves on the Star of the North Minnesota Book Award Panel.

As a librarian, his job is to connect people, especially children with books. He is passionate about this since reading for pleasure is not only the main goal of the library but also the biggest indicator of whether or not an individual will be successful in the future. While reading is one of his main focuses, it is not the only one and he constantly tries to instill skills that students will be able to take into the future. Through research projects, he teach students how to locate and evaluate information both in print and digital formats as well as cite these sources in MLA and APA formats.

In addition, he has incorporated valuable skill sets in the research products students are required to make by teaching them how to create slideshows, videos, and websites for their final projects. He is constantly collaborating with his colleagues in order to improve upon these offerings and better meet the needs of the over 800 elementary students at his school.

In addition to his work within the classroom, he also has provided library programs that include book clubs, fundraising, and Parent Involvements Events including Literacy and Math Night with frequently more than 300 individuals in attendance.

**Registration Instructions:

Online registration URL will close January 26th @ 5:00 p.m.

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